Mexico, as well as two of the 3 largest countries in the world: Canada and the USA, can be found on the continent of North America. Did you know that Greenland, the region commonly known as Central America, as well as over 20 of the islands in the Caribbean Sea also form part of this continent? From north to south, east to west, you are able to experience snow, beaches, mountains, ice fields, incredible National Parks and wildlife, wilderness, stunning rainforests of Costa Rica, Guatemala and Belize and to top it off, some of the most exhilarating and exciting cities in the world!
Natural landmarks of North America include the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, the Rocky Mountains, the grand Mississippi and Saint Lawrence Rivers, the Great Lakes and Niagara Falls, Copper Canyon, Lake Louise, Bay of Fundy with tides that can exceed 14 meters, Banff National Park and Columbian Icefields. There are numerous glaciers in Alaska, fascinating to watch and hear as they calve and crash into the ocean below them.
Experience some of the First Nations’ rich heritage and traditions in both Canada and USA. Learn how to carve a totem pole, stay in an earth lodge or tipi, try some traditional food and participate in dancing or try fishing from a canoe. Remnants of the Pre-Columbian Mayan and Aztec civilisations prevail in Mexico and Guatemala, and some of the ruins can be explored at Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan, Uxmal and Pelenque and the Unesco site at Tikal.
A trip along the Hudson Bay coastline takes you to the world of polar bears as well as caribou, black bears and timber wolves; fly into Knight Inlet for some grizzly bear experiences or spot the migrating whales along the west coast of the continent on a whale watching excursion. Visit the Florida Everglades to see the primal alligators and of course, who could forget about Yogi Bear’s Yellowstone National Park for bison, grizzlies, wolves and not forgetting Old Faithful, the famous geyser.
North America has some of the best skiing areas in the world along the Rocky Mountain ranges, places such as Whistler and Sun Peaks in Canada, Vail, Aspen, Steamboat and Telluride in the USA, to name but a few. A visit to northern Canada or Alaska in winter will give you the opportunity to see the surreal Northern Lights or perhaps a chance to go dog sledding through the glittering snow.
If your preference is for city life, what a choice: New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans all offering sightseeing, shopping dining and nightlife, yet each city is so different. Explore the jazz of the south, the blues and country music of Nashville and Memphis, spot the stars in Los Angeles, try your hand at the gaming tables in Las Vegas. Museums, art galleries, historic and iconic hotels and buildings, theme parks and spacecraft, all this and more await your arrival in North America.